September 14th, 2006

Scorpion

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"Who knew, in 2000, that 'compassionate conservatism' meant bigger government, unrestricted government spending, government intrusion in personal matters, government ineptitude, and cronyism in disaster relief? Who knew, in 2000, that the only bill the president would veto, six years later, would be one on funding stem-cell research? A more accurate term for Mr. Bush's political philosophy might be incontinent conservatism...

"Despite the failures, one had the sense that the party at least knew in its heart of hearts that these were failures, either of principle or execution. Today one has no sense, aside from a slight lowering of the swagger-mometer, that the president or the Republican Congress is in the least bit chastened by their debacles. George Tenet's WMD 'slam-dunk,' Vice President Cheney's 'we will be greeted as liberators,' Don Rumsfeld's avidity to promulgate a minimalist military doctrine, together with the tidy theories of a group who call themselves 'neo-conservative' (not one of whom, to my knowledge, has ever worn a military uniform), have thus far: de-stabilized the Middle East; alienated the world community from the United States; empowered North Korea, Iran, and Syria; unleashed sectarian carnage in Iraq among tribes who have been cutting each others' throats for over a thousand years; cost the lives of 2,600 Americans, and the limbs, eyes, organs, spinal cords of another 15,000 - with no end in sight. But not to worry: Democracy is on the march in the Middle East... What have they done to my party?"

-Christopher Buckley, Republican satirist and author of Thank You For Smoking
Scorpion

quick like a bunny

Huge, stressful night last night. Yeesh. Got a little packing done, though.

Really, really far behind on LJ. Much to post, no real time, at work or at home.

In other news, my mail is currently broken. My mail is totally working now, thanks Mr. I.

As aforementioned, clubbing tonight.

Etcetera, etcetera.
Scorpion

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"In his blitzkrieg of 9/11 speeches, Bush has lumped together numerous countries, foreign leaders, religious figures, and political movements under one banner - as supporters of terrorism - and ignored the differences among them."

High comedy: the Bolton nomination gets another roadblock. Dude, time to pack it in.

"The Interior Department's chief official responsible for investigating abuses and overseeing operations accused the top officials at the agency on Wednesday of tolerating widespread ethical failures, from cronyism to cover-ups of incompetence."

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Cyberpunk, today: meet the first woman to receive a bionic arm.

Awesome. Courtesy asimplelife: 'Clean' graffiti from dirty walls.